Adorable orphaned gorilla baby cuddles up to keeper after losing mother to illegal wildlife trade

Pic by Limbe Wildlife Centre/Caters News

An orphaned baby gorilla showed his appreciation for his rescuers as he cuddled up to his carer in a series of adorable images.

Little Bobga was taken into the Limbe Wildlife Centre, in Cameroon, where he is being loved and cared for by staff at the centre’s nursery

Pic by Limbe Wildlife Centre/Caters News

The images, taken by the center’s Fundraising and Communications co-ordinator, Laura Craddock, 32, from London, show the baby climbing onto the carer, Alvin Muma.

Laura said: “Bobga has a large, safe enclosure in which he stays and sleeps when he is not outside playing in the nursery.   

“Foraging, playing, learning social skills, stimulating curiosity, climbing and grooming all are crucial elements of his rehabilitation, as is the rest.

Pic by Limbe Wildlife Centre/Caters News

“It is important for an orphan gorilla, like Bobga, to feel safe and secure with his caretaker and here these pictures capture tender moments of rest between Bobga and one of his dedicated caretakers, Alvin.

“We provide a second chance to victims of the illegal wildlife trades, educate the local community on environmental protection and provide alternative employment to ex-hunting communities.”